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Books: Semantics, Discourse Analysis: Danaher

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  1. LINCOM.EUROPA, The Semantics and Discourse Function of Habitual-Iterative Verbs...

Message 1: The Semantics and Discourse Function of Habitual-Iterative Verbs...

Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 11:36:04 +0000
Subject: The Semantics and Discourse Function of Habitual-Iterative Verbs...

Title: The Semantics and Discourse Function of Habitual-Iterative
 Verbs in Contemporary Czech
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics 22
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom Europa
Availability: Available
Author: David S. Danaher

Hardback: ISBN: 3895864536, Pages: , Price: USD 54/ EUR 54 / GBP 35
Studies of grammaticalized iterative forms in the Slavic languages are
scarce, and those that do exist are mostly focused on questions of
derivation or historical development and rarely explore the meaning
and function of the verb forms in any depth. The present study
examines Czech, the Slavic language in which habitual-iterative verbs
are most frequently used and most integrated into the overall system
of tense, aspect, and modality.

Grounded in a corpus of examples taken from contemporary literary
Czech and making use of recent work in both semiotic (Peircean) and
cognitive approaches to language, it demonstrates why feature-based
accounts of the meaning of the iterative form prove inadequate and how
a broader perspective on the question, which takes a semiotic and
cognitive definition of habit as its starting point, contributes to a
clearer understanding of iteration as it is encoded in language.

The study "re-cognizes" the semantics of the habitual-iterative
grammar in Czech by showing how the various meanings and functions of
the verb are coherently related to each other given what is involved
in the conceptualization of a habit. In this regard, the linguistic
expression of habituality is productively viewed as a token of a
larger type of cognitive evaluation that can be termed habitual.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1
An Overview of the Corpus
Chapter 2
The Scholarly Context:
Kopecn, Airokova, Kucera, and Filip
Chapter 3
A Semiotic and Cognitive Approach to the Linguistic Expression of
Chapter 4
Habitual Verbs and Conceptual Distancing
Chapter 5
The Discourse Function of Habitual Verbs
Chapter 6
A Typology of Iteration
Lingfield(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Czech (Language Code: CZC)

Written In: English (Language Code: English)
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